Traveling Tidbits

Wag’s Restaurant – Historic Downtown Frederick’s Hidden Pub

If you time your visit to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine just right, you can have lunch or dinner at a neat place within walking distance. Wag's Restaurant (Author Photo, 2019) Wag’s Restaurant is more than a food joint in Downtown Frederick Maryland. It’s like stepping back into the old Prohibition days when… Continue reading Wag’s Restaurant – Historic Downtown Frederick’s Hidden Pub

Military Medicine, Traveling Tidbits

The National Museum of Civil War Medicine – A Leader in Education

Before my visit to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick Maryland, the most I knew about Civil War Medicine came from passing remarks in memoirs, books, and the acclaimed series “Mercy Street”. My understanding of the subject was minimal and cursory at best, and tainted by myths about amputations and inept physicians… Continue reading The National Museum of Civil War Medicine – A Leader in Education

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The Carriage House Restaurant – Fine Dining at Houmas House

In my previous post about Houmas House (see HERE), I mentioned a few options for on-site restaurants, one of them being The Carriage House. Carriage House Dining Room, November 2020 (author photo) In a building attached to the Turtle Bar (old garconnierre), one can expect to find a lavish and decadent dining experience. Reservations are… Continue reading The Carriage House Restaurant – Fine Dining at Houmas House

Historical Homes, Traveling Tidbits

Houmas House – Sugar Palace on the Mississippi

Few plantation homes in and around New Orleans have diversified and commercialized their historic site as grandly as Houmas House. Now, I don’t mean that in a bad way at all. Houmas House has maintained its historical integrity while also working overtime to meet the needs of the visitors and community as a whole. The… Continue reading Houmas House – Sugar Palace on the Mississippi

Military Medicine, Traveling Tidbits

Chimborazo: A Remarkable Confederate Hospital

Between 1861 and 1865, the forty acres atop Chimborazo Hill overlooking the James River in Richmond would have been a buzz of activity. Officially opening in October of 1861, the Chimborazo hospital became the largest hospital complex anywhere in the world at the time, and arguably the most successful. It comprised over 150 buildings including… Continue reading Chimborazo: A Remarkable Confederate Hospital

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Ironclad Coffee – A Cozy Richmond Cafe

In the heart of the Shockoe Bottom district, on a quiet sector of East Grace Street, sits your next favorite coffee destination in Richmond, Virginia. Ironclad Coffee was established in 2015 with a wealth of knowledge in the art of brewing a great cup of coffee. Ryan O’Rourke is the pioneer of this noble endeavor… Continue reading Ironclad Coffee – A Cozy Richmond Cafe

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Rocky & Carlo’s Restaurant & Bar – Comfort Food and Community

After you’ve spent the day touring through the Chalmette battlefield, I can guarantee that you’ll be ready for a decent meal and a place to rest your feet. You can find that just down the road at a little place called Rocky & Carlo’s Restaurant and Bar. Don’t let the outside fool you. This place… Continue reading Rocky & Carlo’s Restaurant & Bar – Comfort Food and Community

Battles in the West, Portraits of Privates, Traveling Tidbits, Women in the War

Chalmette Battlefield – Nexus of Wars

Those who know their Civil War history, will know that New Orleans was barely fought over in 1862. The city was practically handed over to the Federal Army. The same can’t be said for a battle that occurred just outside of New Orleans earlier in the century. Made infamous by a terribly inaccurate song by… Continue reading Chalmette Battlefield – Nexus of Wars

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Siné Irish Pub in Richmond – “This Is It!”

There are probably hundreds of places to eat in Richmond. Like New Orleans, New York, or Atlanta, you can find just about any genre of food somewhere in this big city. And while this post is a day late for Saint Patrick’s Day, let me tell you about a neat little place where you can… Continue reading Siné Irish Pub in Richmond – “This Is It!”

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The Full Story of the Civil War – The American Civil War Museum and other Richmond Museums

Within view of the James River and nestled beside the historic Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond, sits a museum that is not to be overlooked. The American Civil War Museum offers a well-rounded and engaging learning experience for all those who have an interest in the defining era of our country’s history. American Civil War… Continue reading The Full Story of the Civil War – The American Civil War Museum and other Richmond Museums